NEWS Mary Ryder welcomed as new president-elect and board chair-elect of GSSJC

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council has welcomed Mary Ryder as the council's new president-elect and board chair-elect. 

Ryder, who served on the board of directors of GSSJC since 2008, but has been involved with the council for eight years, assumes her role as the organization enters its second century of helping girls develop character and leadership skills to help them excel at home, at school and in their communities.

The president-elect and chair-elect position is a one-year term and is a transition role as Ryder prepares to assume the helm of the second largest council in the country as president and board chair in 2014.

"I feel that I can be a strong advocate for Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and the many girls we serve," Ryder said. "The world will always need the kind of leader or citizen Girl Scouting produces, so we have a large task ahead of us. We have a responsibility to the girls, their families and their communities to ensure Girl Scouting remains the premier leadership organization for all girls."

Ryder is not new to the Girl Scouts organization. She became involved with GSSJC in 2005 as a member of Troop #365, a team comprised of women from the community who helped the council reach its capital campaign goal at the time, raising $3.65 million in 365 days. "This involvement reignited my passion for Girl Scouting," Ryder said.

A Girl Scout as a girl in New Mexico, Ryder has been recognized locally by GSSJC for serving on various committees and for her contributions and commitment to the Girl Scout mission. Ryder has also been involved with the Center for Houston's Future, The Professional Group, the Delta, Delta, Delta Alumnae Organization and The Delta Art Show for Charity. Additionally, she was recently selected a member of Class XXXI of the American Leadership Forum.

Ryder is senior vice president and chief of staff to the CEO at Cadence Bancorp- LLC. She earned an MBA from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and she graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor's degree in economics and a minor in business. She is married to John Ryder.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 69,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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